New Jersey SDS laws & safety compliance analysis

New Jersey SDS: What you need to know

· Rules. New Jersey follows the federal rules for Section 311 (chemical list) reporting under community right-to-know.

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New Jersey has adopted material safety data sheet (MSDS) requirements for owners or operators of major facilities that store, transfer, process, or use hazardous substances that are stricter than federal requirements; such facilities must make copies of MSDSs for each hazardous substance readily available to employees. They must also include a detailed review of MSDSs in chemical operations training.

Facilities must submit an MSDS for a substance when claiming an environmental hazardous substance (EHS) exemption. Integrated pest management (IPM) coordinators must maintain MSDSs for pesticides used on public school property, and schools must provide parents and school staff with information from MSDSs on the pesticide. Public water systems must post MSDSs for hazardous chemicals.

State MSDS requirements for lead paint abatement are stricter than federal requirements.

Because New Jersey is not a "state plan" state (i.e., it does not have a federally approved private sector workplace safety and health regulatory program), private (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) sector employers must comply with the requirements of the federal OSH Act. For a comprehensive discussion of the OSHA requirements for MSDSs and guidance in preparing them, see the national section MSDS .

The state hazard communication requirements for public sector (state, county, and local government) workplaces, including MSDS provisions, mirror the federal hazard communication standard requirements. Public sector employers must also comply with the state Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act, which ...


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